Cops: 'Distraction Burglaries' Striking Nassau

Criminals posing as utility workers, distract homeowners while accomplices swipe valuables, cops say.

Nassau County Police have released a warning to all residents about a trend of "distraction burglaries" plaguing the county.

Detectives have reported a series of burglaries and scams where a team of criminals distract homeowners and commit burglaries behind their backs.

The method burglars use is to pose as a surveyor or contractor and approach the homeowner in their residence and to distract them in conversation, cops said. The perpetrators then lead the homeowner into a rear yard while accomplices enter the home and swipe valuables.

In recent reports, perps have posed as utility workers, detectives said.

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Nassau County Police released the following guidelines to guard against these incidents:

  1. Make sure your doors and windows are locked even when you are at home.
  2. Set your home burglar alarm system every time you leave your house even if it’s for a short period of time. 
  3. Lock valuables in a safe and don’t leave cash and jewelry in a conspicuous place such as the bedrooms, kitchen, or counter.
  4. Ask for proper identification of individuals before you allow them onto your property or into your home, especially if you are not expecting anyone. Any Nassau County employee will have photo identification.
  5. If you are unsure of a persons credentials, ask for an office call back number.

Cops said residents should call 911 immediately if they see suspicious activity.

paul June 24, 2014 at 09:43 PM
If you still do not do 1-5 then YOU are the fool.
Janet June 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Being alert and cautious is the best at any time! Lock your doors and windows when ya leaving the house, If you didn't arrange for someone to come to your home....don't open the door to them, simple!!
EJ48 June 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM
@ Cooch/Tideline... keep it on you, loaded and in plain view by your front door at all times. That's the only way you will deter a prospective crime. But as a public service you should publish your names and addresses so as to permit folks not wishing to be in your line of fire and thus becoming innocent bystander/victims to avoid your immediate area.
Patch adams June 25, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Yes lots of burglaries , but the reason is that the police are distracted by dunkin donuts and napping
Janet June 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Police don't seem to patrol our streets as they should. As for your theory of distraction.....Grow Up.


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